Our Residential Assistance Dog Programme are stands out as a client-centred option, both with exceptional training and ongoing support for the individual and their family or primary care-givers. Our Programme has no upper age limit and is available to children and adults who are formally diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum condition.
Each dog on the Programme undergoes extensive training, during which they will learn to respond to key commands and engage in sensory games. We offer a highly customizable service and train each dog to perform advanced tasks that match the individual needs of the handler. Find out more about our bespoke training Programme.
Our Assistance Dogs receive training and assessment in a wide range of environments, including shops, public transport, hospitals, cinemas and more. We are a British Airways pre-approved training school and our working Assistance Dogs have successfully flown across the globe! Find out more about life with an Assistance Dog.
Animal welfare is at the heart of our organization. We take pride in our ‘positive reinforcement’ methods that are carefully formulated by our head trainer, Andrew Preston to stimulate the senses, engage the mind and utilize the intelligence of our dogs. Andrew has been training Assistance Dogs for nearly 9 years and is one of only four trainers in the UK to receive the highly coveted title of ‘Kennel Club Accredited Assistance Dog Instructor’ Every Assistance Dog candidate receives up to 8 months of one-to-one training sessions with Andrew and his team, supplemented with additional training, public access work, practice and assessment from our team of Assistance Dog trainers.
As a Kennel Club Assured breeder, Andrew has bred hundreds of healthy and happy puppies. Every Assistance Dog candidate is hand selected and assessed for temperament, health and vitality, vigour and biddability. Many of our working Assistance Dogs were bred and born at the farm as part of our own breeding programme. Find out more about our dogs.
We believe that education of the client is the cornerstone of a successful partnership. Our fully-managed Residential Assistance Dog Programme includes a 3-day family training phase, in which the client receives one-to-one instruction at the farm on how to care for and handle their dog, both at home, on walks and in a public setting. The Programme also includes home delivery and transition of the dog, which provides the family with additional training and advice during this crucial settling in period. Clients receive call appointments with our Aftercare Services Officer as part of our aftercare service.